February 19, 2019

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte anxious about fitness of Alvaro Morata

10 February 2018, 06:06 | Anna Jefferson

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The Blues slumped to a second successive Premier League defeat on Monday night following a 4-1 loss to London rivals Watford at Vicarage Road. In the end phases of the main half, Troy Deeney scored a penalty.

Despite their disappointing form, Hazard still believes Chelsea can look back on this season as a success if they keep fighting in the cup competitions.

'I don't know how long he will be out, ' said Conte.

Fabbricini said he would respect Conte's contractual situation at Stamford Bridge, with his comments coming after vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta appeared to rule out the possibility of Conte returning.

"Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, they all went to Arsenal's rivals because Wenger was sat there in the manager's seat instead of saying the time was right to leave".

"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club".

"As a player, what I want is to get back on the training field as soon as possible, work hard for Monday's game, get the three points and get some confidence back".

When asked if he would be keen on a reunion if his former side made contact, Morata said: 'I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me.

That match is just four days before the first leg of Chelsea's Champions League round-of-16 tie against Barcelona - a match in which Morata is desperate to feature. Domestic cup titles will probably not save his job.

Given the magnitude of what Conte achieved last season - domestic domination on the back of an unprecedented overhaul of the team's tactical system - I think Abramovich will give him the Ancelotti treatment and will part ways amicably at the end of the season.

Enrique has been the favourite to replace Conte since the summer when time began to tick on the Italian's reign.

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